September 6, 2012

First of four new DWI processing centers unveiled to combat drunk drivers

In an effort to combat impaired driving, law enforcement and legal professionals in Harris County, Texas (home of Houston) have developed and are implementing a comprehensive prevention and enforcement initiative. One component of this initiative is the “DWI Testing Centers Project,” creating four additional intoxication-testing command centers the county’s Midwest Patrol Station. These testing centers are key because their proximity allows for stronger evidence and streamlined processing of offenders, they create digital video and audio recordings that can be transmitted in real time to the district attorney’s office, and they are available to law enforcement officers in multiple jurisdictions, leading to a cooperative approach to counter impaired driving. The centers were created at no cost to tax payers. Additional initiative components include “No Refusal Weekends” and risk assessment and rehabilitation services.

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